When assigned this assignment I wasn’t sure what to do at all. We were given four words that our work had to be tied around, those words were afraid, fear, excitement, and hopeful. When thinking, I thought an easy way to incorporate those words in my photo essay were to attend an event. I was going to attend the Hockey Game on Friday the 27th but as soon as I was going to head out, I realized my camera battery was dead. I missed the event and I was back at square one again.
During the weekend, while I was thinking what to do, I realized that I couldn’t just plan what I was going to do. The best strategy was to walk around and shoot whatever caught my eye and fit the description of the assignment. I started with going out during the night in which it happened to be snowing. I remember in lecture we reviewed the top 100 photos, one that stood out was one that showed the rain or snow coming down. The first picture I took, was the one above and I was off to a good start.
I decided to call it a night and was going to prepare for tomorrow. I woke up the next day and decided to take a stroll in the early afternoon. I started from my apartment and walked for hours around campus. I didn’t realize how long I was out shooting, but it felt like a short period of time. Actually walking around campus taking pictures was fun for me, I really enjoyed myself. I went to places I have never walked or seen before. While shooting, a quote that I learned from my previous journalism class stuck with me. The quote was from Robert Capa, the famous war photojournalist, who said “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough”. That was my intentions, to get as close as I can to obtain the best shot.
I decided to title my work, “The Worthwhile Journey”. The four words that were assigned to the assignment told a story and that’s what my piece does. It is a story about life and realizing that one is not on there own, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It starts out with the bad (afraid and fear) pictures of a being locked out of somewhere and others just kind of bringing the mood down and showing what it is to be afraid and feel fear. As it goes along, things start to change and get better (excitement and hopeful), with light hearted pictures of nature like waterfalls and a tiny tree growing showing that we as people have time to grow. It transitions into the end of Alma Mater with her arms wide open and offering comfort and with the final photo striking the point that we’re all connected. Just as majority of the narratives tend to start off bad, but end on a lighter note to give the reader/viewer positives to look forward to. Which makes the journey worthwhile as there is a positive result and one can look over what they overcame and realize that they fought through the hardships of life and can overcome anything else that comes their way with the support of others around you.
My video can be found here
Hope you enjoy it!